Originally Posted by stephanie
Kleiman definitely doesn't agree with you on that.
I don't think this is true.
Also, the idea that it's somehow insulting to the public to believe that laws affect what people do is just silly. I would agree that rather than assume they have an effect we should look at the research (and here the research on the elasticity of demand, as well as the other effects of legality, such as availability), and I plan to read Mark's book to see what kinds of evidence they relied on. However, you don't seem to be doing that. You seem to be taking a ideological, unsupported view -- that the law can't have an effect -- and insisting that it's true.
I'd recommend The Economics of Prohibition as a companion piece offering a different perspective (and making my points better and more substantively than I am likely to do in this format): http://mises.org/books/prohibition.pdf